Snake Country Survival Guide

New Mexico Edition

Free Snake Identification

Share a photo and location* and we’ll identify the snake. Email or text will get the quickest response.

*We are much more familiar with snakes native to North America, but will try to help you figure out what you’re looking at in other places too.

Sonoran Whipsnake (greenish gray snake with white belly and orange eyes) peeking at us from within the leaves of a Mesquite Tree.
Sonoran Whipsnake (Coluber bilineatus) peeking at us from within the leaves of a Mesquite Tree.

Regional Online Field Guides

We created a field guide on iNaturalist: Snakes of New Mexico. This guide includes all the snake species documented in Grant County or close enough that they may occur here. Just want a species list? We got you covered.

You can also join or explore our project, Snakes & Lizards of New Mexico, to learn about our local squamates (fancy word for snakes and lizards). This project includes all observations of snakes and lizards reported to iNaturalist. Add yours and get feedback to get better at identification.

References & More Information

Brandon M. Bourassa, Steve A. Johnson, Max D. Havelka, and Basil V. Iannone III. 2023. Venomous Snakes and Lizards of New Mexico. Available online:

Charles W. Painter, James N. Stuart, J. Tomasz Giermakowski, and Leland J. S. Pierce. 2017. Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of New Mexico, USA, with Notes on Taxonomy, Status, and Distribution. Western Wildlife 4:29–60.

New Mexico Herpetological Society

Funding for the production of this material was provided in part by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Share with Wildlife program.